Weight loss can be a lot like a roller coaster: the thrilling highs of shedding the pounds, the disappointing lows of gaining it all back. To lose weight, you know you have to eat less, but the dizzying discomfort of hunger pains and food cravings can make it hard to stick to a low-calorie diet.
That’s where prescription appetite suppressants can help.
What drug suppresses the appetite?
The feelings of hunger and fullness may feel like they’re coming from your stomach, but really, it’s all in your head. Neurotransmitters acting in a part of your brain called the hypothalamus control your appetite, telling you when it’s time to eat. An appetite suppressant interferes with those chemicals and sends your body a different message – either that you’re less hungry, or that you’re already full.
Appetite suppressants can help relieve the discomfort of eating a calorie-restricted diet, which makes it more likely that you’ll stay with it over the long-term. Some of the most popular and effective appetite suppressants currently on the market are:
First approved by the FDA in 2012, Belviq helps you feel more satisfied with less food in your stomach by targeting hunger receptors in your brain and triggering feelings of satiety. Almost half of the participants in early studies lost at least 5% of their body weight, and almost a quarter of participants lost 10% of their body weight. Not only is Belviq effective for weight loss, but many people taking this appetite suppressant also enjoyed improved blood pressure and cholesterol levels.
Bontril is in a category of drugs known as sympathomimetic amines, or adrenergic drugs. This means they work on the sympathetic nervous system to release hormones, such as norepinephrine and epinephrine, that increase your blood pressure and heart rate while decreasing your appetite. Designed for short-term use, Bontril can also help to eliminate anxiety and increase energy levels.
While the exact neurochemical effects of Contrave aren’t fully understood, it’s believed to work in two different areas of your brain, reducing hunger in the hypothalamus, and controlling cravings in the mesolimbic reward system. Three long-term studies have revealed this combination treatment to be extremely effective in people with a BMI between 30 and 35; over 70% of participants saw significant weight loss results after 16 weeks of treatment.
Generally prescribed for people who are significantly overweight (with a BMI of 30 or higher), phentermine works by stimulating the release of neurotransmitters that decrease your appetite and reduce your body’s ability to absorb starches and fats. While phentermine is highly effective, it is only intended for short-term use to help you quickly lose weight. In most cases, it should not be taken for more than three weeks at a time.
Known by the brand name of Topamax, topiramate was originally developed as an anticonvulsant to prevent seizures and treat migraine headaches. However, doctors have discovered topiramate is also an effective weight loss drug, helping to regulate appetite and improve metabolism. Studies published in the journal Obesity Reviews found that patients who took the drug for 28 weeks or longer were able to sustain significant weight loss.
Qsymia combines the metabolic boosting powers of topiramate with the appetite suppressing features of phentermine in one extended-release tablet. Extensively studied and widely prescribed, Qsymia has been used by over half a million patients with clinically proven results. Results of combined studies show Qsymia users experienced an average of 24-32 pounds of weight loss – and 4-5 inches off their waist – in just a little over a year.
Get appetite suppressants in San Diego at Viva Wellness
If you’re ready to take control of your weight loss, Viva Wellness in San Diego can help. Our medical weight loss program combines diet and exercise with prescription weight loss pills that will get your hunger and cravings under control. Call (619) 222-5433 to schedule an appointment with our weight loss experts and get off the weight loss roller coaster today.